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A Glorified Smoke: Ernesto Carrillo and El Credito Cigars

James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Groucho Marx, Spring 93

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Glorias: A big, slightly one-dimensional smoke, this cigar is beautifully crafted and similar in shape and texture to the Montecristo No. 3 Cabinet Selection from Cuba. It has opulent spicy aromas and flavors with an easy draw. A heady cigar for a long afternoon. 84
Ring Gauge: 43
Length: 5 1/2"
Price $1.35

Corona Gorda: This is a gorgeous cigar to look at. It is medium brown with a shiny wrapper, firm and perfectly rolled. The aromas and flavors verge on fresh cream with hints of espresso. It smokes smoothly and slowly. 89
Ring gauge: 52
Length: 6"
Price: 1.65

Gloria Extra: Rightly named, this cigar gives you an extra zap of tobacco flavor. It is extremely well-crafted with a gorgeous dark-brown wrapper. With an even and medium draw, this cigar is rich and powerful with distinctive earth and coffee aromas and flavors. Try it after a hearty meal. 88
Ring gauge: 46
Length: 6 1/4"
Price: $1.60

Medaille D'Or No. 1: This is a very cool and mellow smoke. It is elegantly constructed with a refined and easy draw; fascinating aromas and flavors of spearmint and herbs tickle the palate. A fun cigar to smoke. 86
Ring gauge: 43
Length: 6 3/4"
Price: $1.55

Charlemagne: Truly a cigar fit for an emperor. This is a magnificent smoke, massive in size and shape yet it retains a wonderful amount of delicacy on the palate while smoking. The flavors are well-focused with lovely spicy character and soft, round mouth-feel. A wonderful cigar to spend a Sunday afternoon with. 91
Ring gauge: 54
Length: 7 1/4"
Price: $2.10

Soberano: This cigar looks and feels so good that it seems a shame to smoke it. Exquisitely firm and solid, it is silky and harmonious on the palate with lovely, creamy, slightly spicy flavors. 90
Ring gauge: 52
Length: 8"
Price: $1.95

Wavell: Another superlative cigar from La Gloria. If you had to smoke one cigar from this company on a regular basis, this should be it. A lovely draw, it shows plenty of alluring coffee, spicy flavors. 90
Ring gauge: 50
Length: 5"
Price: $1.50

Torpedo No. 1: This is the next best thing to a Montecristo No. 2 pyramid from Havana. Perfectly rolled with a taper to a point, this sets a precedent outside of Cuba for this shape. It is packed to the wrapper with flavor and richness. Not a cigar for the light-hearted, though; smoke after a big meal. 93
Ring gauge: Tapered
Length: 6 1/2"
Price: $2.10

Double Corona: Pleasing and easy to smoke; this is a big cigar but very delicate with good caramel, coffee character on the palate and an attractive finish. Not as powerful as you might expect in this format but delicious to smoke. 88
Ring gauge: 50
Length: 7"
Price: $1.90


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